Ever Meet Someone Who Has "It"?
Posted 28 July 2018 - 04:07 PM
Played in the state am qualifier in June with the incoming junior that has won the last two state high school touney's. He shot 75 in the qualifier and finished fourth in the state am Thursday. Impressive. I don't think he thought he played well when I played with him but he might have it.
Hits the ball extremely high off the tee but probably averaged 280. Bet he could get 10 to 20 extra if he brought down his ball flight.
Posted 30 July 2018 - 08:01 AM
I play regularly with a young man of 22. This is his third hear of playing and he is down to a 3.4. He has never had a lesson. His ball speed is in the mid-180s, he can hit a true stinger (4-iron goes about 240 +/-).
His numbers are the same as the longest hitters on Tour. He doesn't look like he is swinging hard, his predominant shot shape is a gentle draw, and he has a decent short game.
He has that unquantifiable "it" factor. For example, a very short 265 hard par 4, very narrow opening to the green surrounded by hazards, and he hits a towering 3 hybrid landing 10 fee from the hole and makes the putt.
He works full-time, can't practice all that much, but whatever it is, he has got "it". And, "it" is a lot of fun watching him play this game. :-)
I hope you all get to enjoy the same experience.
Yes, he definitely has "it", being only 22 years of age. We never had a 3 hybrid back when we were 22 years of age, but a 3 iron to 220 yards pin is no push over with the weaker loft and balata golf balls.
I miss those days, and it only appear in my dream now.
Posted 30 July 2018 - 11:23 PM
Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:13 PM
He’s a huge reason I got better quickly just to keep from getting embarrassed when he’d go for 65 every other day.
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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:42 AM
Looking back at it, I'm disappointed in myself for not practicing more, playing more, pushing myself more and giving it my all. I spoke with one of my old swing coaches and he told me I had that natural skill but just no drive to do more. Really hurts to hear it but when I stop thinking about my life and golf, I look at where I'm at and all of the other awesome things I have and I really can't beat myself up too much. I still play a lot and I have a lot of "it" moments where I play like I used to and they bring back great feelings but ultimately, I'm frustrated with my younger self with being a dumb lazy kid and not giving it my all.
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Posted 06 August 2018 - 12:15 PM
Posted 09 August 2018 - 08:33 AM
I think part of it is that half of us do nothing athletic outside of golf. I watched 2 uncoordinated people on a beach throw a frisbee. They kept mis throwing it and dropping it over 100 times, ugh! I mean who cannot throw a frisbee?
I found myself critiquing their frisbee throwing :
1. Standing way too far apart. Stand closer together and your throws will be much more accurate.
2. Her frisbee technique was bad, all arms. Get that body into it!
3. Lackadaisical commitment. Treat it like a frisbee tournament!
Get out there in the world and get your heart racing and be a kid again! That will help our golf games.
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 08:54 AM
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 08:56 AM
Unbelievably nice guys, one of them is (putting it nicely) a bit of a scruff, clubs older than me, pushing his 30 year old electric golf trolley.
long story short this lovely old guy goes and shoots about par (our course is a par 73, with a CSS of 75) and kicks my a**.
Turns out he's a scratch HC, bare in mind this guy must be nearly 70, he literally hit a 3 yard draw on every shot on every hole, if he putted well could have easily been in the 60's, and our course is not short, white tee's are about 6800
God knows what he would have been in his 30's
Edited by Superbrit, 09 August 2018 - 08:57 AM.
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:44 PM
He was a hard core surfer and skateboarder and smoked a tremendous amount of Pot. Picture Sean Spicoli from “Fast times at Ridgemont High”. Insane natural ability. He only went to the school because his parents had agreed to pay for school and an apartment as long as he made grades. He had no interest in becoming a Club Pro. He just wanted to surf and smoke dope and live for free off his parents.
Thing was....he was REALLY good. Stupidly good. 5’ 8” and 160 pounds and 300+ with the driver ( HUGE in the 90’s), and a spectacular short game. Zero practice or giving a damn and he went out in our weekly tournaments high as a kite and shot mid 60’s routinely. Could put up a 65 from the tips with a bong in one hand. Incredible.
No idea what happened to him. I graduated before him. It always seemed quite sad that he just didn’t give a damn with all that talent. Who knows what would have happened if he actually cared.
I am not judging by any means, but the drug use with some of the guys was crazy.
Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:01 PM
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Posted 12 August 2018 - 11:16 PM
Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:21 AM
But they don't always make sense
Posted 14 August 2018 - 01:01 PM
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Posted 06 September 2018 - 08:06 AM
Another friend's son was dominating the junior tournaments a few years ago in the greater Houston area. He received three division 1 college scholarship offers from Big 12 and SEC schools. But, he decided that going to college wasn't for him. That broke his dad's heart.
Posted 06 September 2018 - 08:39 AM
I did attend one Champions event- saw a lot of guys there who had it. My god, the difference is tremendous.
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Posted 08 September 2018 - 01:31 AM
And your friend is Chevy Chase in caddyshack.
Posted 08 September 2018 - 08:01 AM
One was a second shot genius who could take on any flag, mostly by rolling the ball over mounds or around bunkers. It was unbelieveable to watch how he could use the ground once he got within about 150 yards to the flag.
The other guy had been playing mini-golf for like 15 years from childhood up, and could make putts like no tour pro I've ever seen. His green reading was amazing and he probably made well over 100 feet of putts on every round I ever played with him.
Both were not "tour" material but I'm sure some tour players would have loved to have had their gifts.
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Posted 09 September 2018 - 09:14 AM
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Posted 09 September 2018 - 09:22 AM
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Posted 09 September 2018 - 11:04 AM
The minute you see it you know it. Great hands, hand eye coordination and touch with effortless power. The ball just flies different for them.
Posted 25 September 2018 - 10:35 AM
I have seen him do ridiculous stuff. he once bet a local head pro he could hit one of the wires that a target in the dome hung from. i believe the target is about 75 yds out, maybe 5 yds from back wall of the dome. it took him 3 swings with the driver to nail it, and the first two could've nicked it.
also watched him hole a putt from one end of the dome to the other on a concrete floor, first try. No idea how many feet, but it was insane.
I played with him quite often in that little 9 hole league. I dont think he ever shot more than 38. He talked the whole time he played too, even mid swing. I think the only reason he ever missed shots was because he just didnt care all that much. he was there for the company.
Smokey was a little eccentric, however you couldn't help but love the guy. I can't even imagine how good he was in his earlier years. He never tried for the tour. Said he just didnt have any interest. He would have been legendary had he pursued it. When he passed away this spring it really reignited my pursuit of playing on tour, which i had more or less given up 6 years ago. I want to get him his Rolex.
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 05:51 PM
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Posted 26 September 2018 - 09:36 AM
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